Applaud Akon for Solar Power Initiative

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Target: Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, founder of the Akon Lighting Project

Goal: Applaud efforts to increase access to sustainable electricity throughout the continents of Africa and South America.

The Akon Lighting Project is an organization that has not only provided access to solar electricity for over 600 million people across the continent of Africa, but also aims to train local people to build and maintain electric structures, creating thousands of jobs in the process. Now, this project is moving to Latin America where it will provide more access to sustainable green energy. This lighting project is environmentally safe, financially conscious, and sustainable within the local communities.

Solar energy systems have a high initial cost due to the high-tech equipment involved in building and installing a system. After putting in a system, however, the energy costs drop to almost nothing because the only resource necessary to produce electricity is the light of the sun. Individual homes and small business owners were able to save approximately $12 a week, which is a significant sum in a country where the average salary is less than $5 per day. Furthermore, this project was designed to educate local people to develop, build, and install the solar panels and electrical systems, creating thousands of jobs.

Some of the major benefits to providing the villages of these countries with access to electricity have truly changed the lives of the residents for the better. Students, once incapable of studying after the sun set, were able to continue preparing for exams or looking over lessons. Business owners were no longer dependent on polluting and expensive petrol generators, allowing them to continue working after dark. Solar lighting in public areas makes it safer for women to be out after dark, reducing the threat of assault and rape.

It is vital that we recognize the efforts of the Akon Lighting Project in Africa and encourage them to continue with their work in order to bring jobs, safety, and green energy to more villages across the globe. By signing this petition, you are thanking Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, founder of the Akon Lighting Project, for taking steps in order to provide electricity to villages worldwide.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Thiam,

The Akon Lighting project has provided over 600 million individuals in villages across Africa with solar electricity, and is now moving to attend the needs of the villages in Latin America. Over 1.3 billion people worldwide do not have access to electricity, and many methods of providing electricity that are commonly used are costly and harmful to the environment. Not only does the Akon Lighting Project provide environmentally-friendly, cost-efficient electricity to local communities, but it also provides jobs and security to these communities as well.

The benefits of providing green electricity to villages are beyond measure; among them are increased protection for women from assault and rape when walking at night, increased ability for students to study and work on assignments after dark, and decreased financial and environmental costs of petrol generators used for businesses to run after dark.

Thank you so much for taking steps to provide green energy, jobs, and increased safety to individuals across the globe. Please continue your efforts to develop partnerships with countries that need further access to electricity.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Embassy Nairobi

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